Gratitude and Grace: Profound Lesson from Karma

Our kitty, Karma

Karma (Photo Credit: Sumaiya Wood)

Our kitty, Karma

Karma (Photo Credit: Sumaiya Wood)

The other day I made salmon for the first time in a few months. As I typically do, I saved most of the skin as a treat for my kitties. My husband took the plates to the kitchen to clean up after our meal and set out the treat for them to enjoy. However, rather than following my husband in order to stake his claim, Karma, our ten-year old orange tabby, continued to stalk me as he had done throughout the meal for the treat he knew was coming (given his magnificent begging skills, I swear he was a dog in a former life!). I told him that the treat was in the kitchen and, apparently, my message didn’t translate as he refused to budge from my side. Finally I decided to lead him to the kitchen myself so he could enjoy his treat.

While walking towards the kitchen, I told him “Karma, your treaty goodness is already waiting for you; you were just looking for it in the wrong place.” I paused for a moment as I said this, realizing how profoundly true this statement was not only for Karma, but for myself as well. Our good awaits us. It’s already at-hand, already complete, waiting for us to recognize it. And oftentimes we’re just looking for it in all the wrong places, wondering where it is, what we’re doing wrong, why God has forsaken us, questioning our worthiness. Sometimes we just need to move our feet, redirect our focus, or change our perspective in order to realize that our good is at hand.

As we approached the kitchen, Karma smelled his treat and trotted off ahead of me, secure in knowing that he didn’t need me in order to indulge in his treat. Meanwhile, I stood in gratitude for the insight that he unknowingly imparted, determined to shift my gaze in the direction of my good.

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